Yay, Chapter 2! Please R&R!

"Ashitaka?"

~ASHITAKA'S POV~

I looked at San, wide-eyed. How did this stranger know my name? Turning back, I saw her look of confusion turn to one of relief and happiness. At least, as happy as she could be since she was so weak, and probably still in pain.

"It is you!" She said. She tried to sit up, but fell back down with a grimace, breathing hard.

"Who are you, and how do you know me?" I asked her. Her painful smile disappeared, replaced with a look of hurt.

"You mean… you don't remember me?" She asked quietly. I shook my head. She sighed. "I guess I should have figured. It's been a while."

"Please, tell me you name." I said to her.

"No." She replied, rather forcefully. I could tell it pained her to say this. "If I ever meant anything to you, you would remember me on your own. Maybe it's better this way."

I frowned. Who is this girl? Have we really met before? San's voice broke into my thoughts. "We should take her back to the other shore. It is not good to linger too long on this island." She said. I nodded, and we both took a grip on her. As we were wading through the water, I thought about who this girl could possibly be. She couldn't be someone from Iron-Town… I don't remember meeting anyone like her in any other towns. What about… someone from my village? No it couldn't be.

Suddenly, a thought struck me. Could it…? No… But, still… They reached the other shore, and San and I carefully laid her on the grass. I turned to look at her, taking in every detail. Pitch black hair, reaching her mid-back. Bright Aqua Eyes. My eyes traveled over her face, noticing nothing… Wait! There it was; a thin scar running down the length of the left side of her jaw. How did I miss it?

"Saki?" I asked. Her face broke out again into a smile.

"You do remember me!" She said. I nodded slowly, still confused. "But… I don't understand. I thought you were dead?"

~SAKI'S POV~

He remembered me! Maybe I really meant something to him after all.

"I thought you were dead?"

I sighed. "That's kind of a long story, but I guess I've got nothing else to do right now." I said reluctantly. I would've liked nothing better then to be sleeping, I was exhausted, but Ashitaka deserved and answer.

"That fa-" I was interrupted when the other girl, San, burst out, "Who is this girl, Ashitaka? How does she know you, and how do you know her?" She stood there, arms crossed, foot tapping the ground impatiently, glaring at Ashitaka.

Ashitaka looked up, startled. Apparently, he had forgotten she was there. I gave him a sympathetic glance. San seemed pretty mad. Ashitaka pulled her aside to talk privately. Unfortunately, I couldn't hear what they were saying. Only snitches of the conversation. "Saki… My village… Explain…Later…" I grumbled and shifted my body slightly, annoyed. When they came back, Ashitaka said to me, "Please, continue Saki."

I glared at him. "As I was saying, that fateful day was one of the worst storms anyone could remember. I had snuck out to explore the stream near our village when it hit. The winds were so strong that they blew me right into the stream. I struggled for a minute or two, but then I hit my head on a rock, and knew no more." I said. I could tell that I already had both of them enthralled. Smiling to myself, I continued.

"When I woke, I had no idea where I was. I was lying on the bank, completely soaked. I couldn't recognize anything around me, and the only sound I heard as the birds' songs. I checked myself over than began to walk. I didn't know where I was walking to, or where I was walking from, but I knew that I would eventually find my way."

"After two days, I had still not come across civilization. But to me, that didn't mean anything. I found more than enough food, mostly roots and berries along my way, along with frequent clean sources of water. On the fifth day, I heard a noise in some bushes nearby. When I got closer, I found a young red elk caught by some sort of trap. After freeing her, I learned her name was Eilaa. I asked her to stay with me, and she agreed. We were inseparable. I managed to carve a bow and some arrows, and made stone arrowheads just like the ones I remembered from the village. I decided I wanted to do something good with my life. I took to traveling the lands, helping all in need. I would never ask for anything in return, though some insisted. That is how I gained my sword, my dagger and my clothing. And so, many years passed."

I paused, gathering myself for what I was going to say next. "Not terrible long ago, I came across a village. I was riding Eilaa at the time, and we were staring down at the village. It seemed peaceful, until an awful stench hit me. The smell of death. Suddenly, out of the forest near me burst a creature… A demon." Taking a deep breath, I continued.

"It looked like a shapeless mass of tentacles, spreading death to whatever it touched. It apparently didn't see me, and headed straight for the village. Even though I knew the danger, I urged Eilaa towards it. I couldn't let it destroy that village. I rode as near as I dared, and called to the demon. I beseeched it to leave, and leave the village in peace, but it just ignored me. Then, in front of us, I saw a young woman. And in her arms was a small infant. The demon noticed her too, and changed course, aiming for her."

Again, I paused. "I couldn't sit by and watch it kill an innocent mother and child. I cocked and arrow, and let it fly. I hit the demon in it's side, not seriously hurting it, but distracting it from it's intended target. Suddenly, a group of tentacles flew towards me. I only managed to avoid them by rolling off Eilaa. Unfortunately, I lost my bow and arrows in the fall, and in front of me was one very angry demon. I pulled out my sword and took a guard stance in front of the mother. The tentacles lifted off the creature, momentarily enabling me to see what it had once been."

"It had once been an Ape God, and as I watched, the tentacles settle back down, and it charged. I risked a glance behind me, I saw the mother escaping, and I knew what to do. As it neared, I sidestepped the creature, and stabbed my blade into it's neck. It's dieing words were of hatred, and still I mourned for the demon, once a God. The villagers came towards us, and saw that I had slain the creature. They thanked me, and offered their undying gratitude. But…"

I swallowed, then stared directly at Ashitaka. "But my act of good had come at a price. When I stabbed the Demon. It…" I faltered. I searched for the words, but finally decided maybe it was best to show them. Slowly, I removed the glove* from my hand. Once it was uncovered, they both gasped in shock and horror. From there, on my right arm, was the mark of the demon.

I was cursed.

Chapter Two, complete. YAY! I spelling and grammar checked it, but please let me know if you notice or don't understand anything in any of the chapters.

*Her gloves are like Ashitaka's, just matching the rest of her outfit (in shades of green).